Point Loma Nazarene University – College of Health Sciences

  • area / size 70,000 sqft
  • Completed 2021
  • HED renovated and combined two spaces at Point Loma Nazarene University’s College of Health Sciences to better serve students in San Diego, California.

    To create a new regional center and home for the College of Health Sciences in San Diego, Point Loma Nazarene University selected HED to lead the initial two phases (totaling 36,000 SF) of the reimagining and renovation of two existing 70,000 SF two-story office buildings in a corporate park.

    Home to the College of Health Sciences, the center offers state-of-the-art classroom, research, and fitness spaces for graduate students in PLNU’s kinesiology, athletic training, exercise science, sport performance, sport management, physician assistant, and occupational therapy programs. This integrated, interdisciplinary space is designed to prepare clinically experienced students to transform the well-being of their communities. In addition to high-tech classrooms, collaborative learning commons, and private study and lounge areas, the center houses a top-of-the-line fitness center, research facilities, and clinical simulation labs designed to give students evidence-based, outcome-focused instruction.

    The Center for Human Performance (CHP) is a 3,000 SF state-of-the-art gym and strength and conditioning training, research, and learning laboratory for sports science and sport performance students. The skills lab contains individualized simulation-based hospital and clinical stations with high-fidelity mannequins offering fully immersive experiences that prepare physician assistant and athletic training students for a diverse range of patient care and medical scenarios. The lab allows students to encounter complex medical cases and strengthen practice critical skills such as decision-making, communication, and patient care with a care team under the careful supervision of faculty mentors. The Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) simulation lab is made up of six patient-encounter rooms which look like your typical doctor’s office and are designed to give students simulated patient-based training, as well as monitoring infrastructure for faculty to observe and provide feedback on students’ performance.

    The first phase of transformation included new classrooms, study spaces, the Center for Human Performance (CHP), student lounges, and offices for PLNU’s graduate physician assistant and kinesiology programs. Phase II consisted of a lobby entrance transformation, exterior deck for the CHP, student lounge, and a new outdoor roof deck amenity. HED provided a revitalized landscape design to align with PLNU’s new campus identity, and a cohesive environmental graphics package to complement the university’s brand.

    Design: HED
    Photography: Mike Torrey